Weekend Things

Is this not the best time of year?? Fall by morning and evening, summer by day. It’s the best of both worlds! And aside from enjoying this fall/summer limbo, we did our best to stay busy this weekend and I think we did a good job!

My mom and sister both have significant others who do not eat gluten or dairy and are forever wishing they could just cook some pasta or eat a sandwich for dinner, so we’ve started up a little Girls Cooking Club where they can do just that! My sis was in charge of dinner, so we all met at my parents’ and I basically just sat there as my mom served me deviled eggs and tomatoes with balsamic and then my sister fed me Cacio e Pepe, so it all worked out for me πŸ˜‹ A definite downside was that when I walked in, the news was reporting the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and what a hit to the heart that was πŸ˜₯ I was glad to be in the company of two women who get it though. I brought Smith + Cannon ice cream for dessert and then finally returned home feeling full and happy.

I hope I like breakfast again when I’m no longer pregnant, because the struggle is real. Saturday morning, we finally landed on OneFold breakfast burritos that Joey offered to go pick up when the delivery wait time was something like an hour and I didn’t think I’d make it. We sat out in the back yard to eat, then took the pup on a morning walk?? Who are we! Back at home, we started our Red Cross first aid course online.

We had been waiting in anticipation for the sneak peek of the maternity photo shoot we did last Wednesday, so when they popped up on Instagram that afternoon, we were so very excited. Jo shot our wedding at Cheesman six years ago, so it only felt right that she shot our maternity photos there as well and gosh, I am IN LOVE with how they turned out and can’t wait to see the rest!

Around 2, we drove over to Hannah and Josh’s and got to sit out on their back deck with them for a few hours and I LOVED IT SO MUCH. Little Henry is just the cutest and most chill and Mason woke up from his nap and came out to show up his toy plane collection. He did have to correct me at one point because some of them are biplanes πŸ˜‚ But actually my favorite part was when he stole Hannah’s phone and was texting someone and when she tried to pry it away from him, he yelled “I’m texting Joey and Lauren!” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Anyway, it was so soul nourishing to see them all and I can’t wait till we can add our little boy to the group!

We cooked up a fall-ish pizza for dinner and man was it good! And then our Hitchcock binge continued with Rear Window and we really liked it! Gotta say, my favorite was when Lisa and Stella sort of took over. They were great!! I should mention the fire alarm in our room randomly went off a few times in the middle of the night?? We reset it and it seemed to be fine after that but Andi was TOTALLY wigged out by it. We let him come up into our bed and he kept jolting awake and barking at the ceiling, poor little puppy!

Sunday started with butternut pancakes (since we had already opened the can for pizza the night before) and YUM, FALL! We lounged for a little bit, then put a pork shoulder in the oven for pulled pork later on (!!), and worked on our first aid course till lunchtime. I think the afternoon was spent watching sports for Joey and reading/doing my nails for me and some napping for Andi. We also finished up our first aid course and I hope I never ever have to use infant CPR, but I definitely feel better knowing it!

So, the pork. It was my first time ever making pulled pork and I don’t know that it went totally smoothly. All the brown sugar in the rub seemed to burn to an absolute crisp on the bottom of our Dutch oven and the outside of the pork was so tough, but everything inside was at least tender. Wish I’d had WAY more BBQ sauce than the 1-2 cups the recipe called for though. We at least had enough for our two dinner sandwiches and even though the recipe kind of seemed like a fail, it tasted really good!!! Made us some coleslaw for on top and on the side, then froze the rest of the pork for post-baby dinners.

We ended the night with a Nuggets game, Big Brother, Emmys triple feature and even though toward the end of the Emmys, I was begging for it to be over (help, I get tired so early nowadays!), I thought it was kind of a good show. Glad we had watched Schitt’s Creek and Succession so we could celebrate those wins! Hope you had a good weekend!

Labor Day Weekend 2020

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I love Labor Day Weekend! I knew this one would be different — no in-person Rockies games, no social gatherings, no going out to dinner, no bike rides anywhere (Joey will barely let me do the dishes, let alone ride a bike!) — but I thought it could still be good and it truly was ❀

Friday night, we tag-teamed dinner, so Joey made grilled salmon and I made those WAY OVERSAUCED green beans (oops!) but it was all really good! And then we watched I’m Thinking of Ending Things. My sister texted me halfway through and said “We’re watching the worst movie!” and I definitely knew she was watching the same thing we were. Not going to lie, we were confused about what was happening and had to look it up afterward (when it made much more sense!) but I still liked the creepy/weird vibe and I thought all the performances were just so good! Toni Collette forever ❀

I got a Saturday morning snuggle from this sweet pup! 95% of the time, if Joey gets up before me, Andi will go downstairs with him and never return, so I was elated when he bounded back into our room after Joey left for a run. He didn’t even wake up when Joey came back inside!

Undercooked eggs (and just undercooked things in general) are a no when you’re pregnant but I asked my OB and she said eggs were fine just as long as they were pasteurized and thank god because Eggs Benedict sounded so good! We ordered from Snooze and it HIT THE SPOT! Plus that sweet potato pancake is just my favorite.

Joey was on a roll after his run and was cleaning the bathroom at 8 AM?? Then post-breakfast, he mowed the lawn, hung some hooks in the nursery/baby’s bathroom and mounted our baby monitor while I read in the rocking chair (the best!) and then who knows what we did the rest of the day! I think I made some cookies to stash in the freezer and Joey was getting prepped for his fantasy football drafts the next day.

I should mention my back has been killing me for the past week! I blame my father-in-law who asked me how my back was feeling and at the time, it felt so random because my back had been totally fine and it’s hurt since that day πŸ˜‘ I can’t tell if it’s doing things or if it’s sitting still and not doing things that makes it hurt but the heating pad/lying down has helped.

We made an eggplant (with Japanese eggplant from our garden!) and tomato pasta bake for dinner, then decided to take a walk to get ice cream. We brought Andi and he only minorly panicked over being in a new place. They had Space Junkie (!!!) and I got Joey a femur-sized waffle cone of Buttermilk Cupcake and German Chocolate Cake and it was comically huge! Back at home, we watched The King of Staten Island (which is finally available to rent for $6) and it was about what we thought it would be. Which is to say Pete Davidson was funny albeit immature and the movie was unnecessarily long. I mostly liked it but I’m not sure it really had any narrative arc. Oh well!

Happy Golden Anniversary to us! That’s six years! On Saturday Joey asked me if I’d gotten him a present and I don’t know if it’s a brag or an embarrassment to say it hadn’t even crossed my mind to get a card, let alone a present 😬 Luckily, we were on the same page πŸ˜‹ We lost our anniversary photo photographer (Chris and Amanda moved back to Illinois last year ☹), so we had to rig it up ourselves but good enough! We obviously had to take a masked one as well πŸ˜‚

I made us pancakes and bacon for breakfast and then we sat outside until it got too hot. Andi even got a little brush, then gave me this moody pose when I tried to snap a pic. Did I mention it was HOT all weekend? We hit 100 degrees on Saturday and Sunday wasn’t much cooler. So once it started to heat up on Sunday, I hid inside for the entire rest of the day.

I’m trying to get a few things in the freezer for when baby comes but not too much because A) our freezer isn’t so big, B) we have plenty of good take out options here in Denver and C) my mom can cook (as she keeps reminding me ❀). Plus, who knows, maybe we’ll still manage to cook! But I did want us to have a quick breakfast option, so I threw these egg sandwiches together and I think they’ll be really good!

After that, Joey had two fantasy football drafts that took up basically the rest of the day, so I hid upstairs and read/took a nap, then at 7, I left to pick us up an anniversary dinner from Cart-Driver. We hadn’t had that clam pizza in so long, so it tasted extra good. It was also literally raining ash outside (Colorado has a bunch of fires going on ☹), so it was an indoor celebration and I totally forgot to take a picture but I think you’ve seen enough photos of that clam pizza πŸ˜‹

Labor Day! We had a small list of things we wanted to get done and except for packing our hospital bag (which I’m hoping to still do this week), we got it all taken care of. First, we grabbed coffee at Black Eye (which is finally back open!) then ate breakfast and watched The Kitchen before installing both car seats in our cars. Please don’t judge our fake baby because Joey kept making jokes about getting one until I finally actually got one πŸ˜‚ Andi was acting like a total weirdo and just sitting straight forward next to the car seat and we thought it was really funny! Hopefully the car seats pass inspection 🀞

The rest of the day, we sort of alternated between relaxing on the couch and getting stuff done. I made us some graham crackers for dessert later and Joey cleaned the bathrooms and covered up our garden/flowers because no joke, it was supposed to go from 90 degrees to 37 degrees with a chance of snow!!!! I’ve seen some whacky weather in Colorado but this tops the cake. Those fires sure could use some moisture though, so I’ll allow it. I took a quick photo of the planter my sister got me just in case it didn’t survive, so I could see just how much it’s grown since she first gave it to us!

Then we tag-teamed dinner again. Joey made us these killer Honey Bourbon Chicken Pops and I made this Sesame Corn and Basil Saute for the second time in a week because it’s so so good and easy and altogether this meal made me so happy!

It was already sort of windy and the air quality was not great, but we sat outside just long enough to roast some marshmallows and toast our S’mores to a wonderful Labor Day Weekend ❀